As cloud offerings have evolved over the past decade, enterprises have increasingly adopted multiple cloud services rather than rely on a single cloud provider. Multi-cloud environments enable organizations to pick and choose among best-of-breed solutions as they decide where applications and workloads should be run.
Here’s a brief introduction to the ins and outs of multi-cloud environments, and the Dell Technologies solutions that can help enterprises extract the most value from their multi-cloud deployments.
Cloud computing provides organizations with convenient and on-demand access to a shared pool of configurable computing resources including servers, storage, applications, networks and other computing services. Rather than acquiring, installing and maintaining computing technology on-premises, cloud computing provides access to services offered by third-party providers via the internet or a dedicated network connection. With cloud computing services, organizations can quickly add capacity without incurring capital expense while significantly increasing agility and scalability.
Multi-cloud computing refers to the use of multiple cloud services rather than relying on a single cloud service provider. A multi-cloud environment typically uses two or more public cloud services (provided by third-party providers). Multi-cloud environments may also include a private cloud, which involves cloud technology that resides within a company’s own data center.
With multi-cloud architecture, IT teams can run individual workloads on the cloud service that will best increase application efficiency and reduce costs.
Multi-cloud environments enable enterprises to reduce costs and to optimally balance capital and operational expense when procuring cloud services. As a result, businesses can innovate faster while delivering differentiated value to their customers.
For IT teams, multi-cloud architecture improves the efficiency of applications and the ability to meet real-time needs of the business.
Every cloud service comes with its own set of management tools, processes, service level agreements (SLAs) and security challenges. When IT teams are responsible for managing multiple cloud services, switching between platforms can quickly become time-consuming and cumbersome, adding additional risk as administrators must configure multiple cloud instances while ensuring proper security for each. Data and application portability are more difficult as well, adding additional management burden and limiting speed and innovation.
Like multi-cloud environments, hybrid cloud environments also rely on multiple cloud solutions. Hybrid clouds typically involve both public and private cloud platforms as well as technology that connects them, providing a standard set of tools for managing them, helping to simplify the management experience and enabling easier orchestration of workloads between platforms.
A public cloud is cloud technology that is managed by a third-party provider, while a private cloud is managed by a company within its own data center. Both public and private clouds offer virtualized servers, storage and networking resources that can be accessed via internet or a dedicated network connection. While public cloud services offer greater speed, agility and geographical reach, private clouds offer benefits related to tighter security, easier data governance, control over data locality and lower latency. Hybrid cloud infrastructure enable enterprises to enjoy benefits of both on-premises vs cloud infrastructure.
Dell Technologies Cloud is a set of infrastructure solutions that minimizes the cost and complexity of multi-cloud architecture. With solutions engineered by Dell Technologies, Dell Technologies Cloud simplifies operations across public, private and edge cloud resources to reap the benefits of a hybrid cloud infrastructure.
Dell Technologies Cloud includes:
• VMware Cloud Foundation (VCF) on VxRail, a turnkey platform with automated infrastructure. VCF on VxRail is a highly scalable, hyperconverged infrastructure platform that can support the most demanding workloads and applications. VMware Cloud Foundation provides a complete set of software-defined services that can orchestrate and manage both traditional and containerized apps in public and private cloud environments. Together, these solutions enable enterprises to run, manage, automate and secure an entire application portfolio across multiple clouds.
• VMware Cloud on Dell Technologies, a fully managed, subscription-based Data Center-as-a-Service (DCaaS). This offering brings the simplicity and agility of the public cloud to data center and edge locations, providing unparalleled consistency between public cloud and on-premises environments.
• Dell Technologies Cloud Validated Designs.This collection of Dell Technologies best-of-breed infrastructure is pre-tested for interoperability with VCF and delivered with extensive deployment guidance. Validated Designs enable organizations to build their own hybrid cloud infrastructure with prescriptive building blocks that meet the varied demands of workloads with independent scaling compute and storage.
• Partner clouds. Dell Technologies Cloud enables enterprises to seamlessly extend the hybrid cloud experience to partners like Amazon Web Services (AWS), Microsoft Azure, Google Cloud Platform and more than 4,200 additional cloud partners.
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